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DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BE5.V1/S20.016

ASSESSING INVASIVE TERRESTRIAL PLAN SPECIES AMORPHA FRUTICOSA IN THREE WETLAND AREAS IN ROMANIA: DANUBE DELTA BIOSPHERE RESERVE, COMANA NATURAL PARK AND MURES FLOODPLAIN NATURAL PARK

M. Dumitrascu, I. Grigorescu, M. Doroftei, G. Kucsicsa, M. Mierla, C. S. Dragota, M. Nastase
Tuesday 6 August 2013 by Libadmin2013

References: 13th SGEM GeoConference on Ecology, Economics, Education And Legislation, www.sgem.org, SGEM2013 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-04-9 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 16-22, 2013, Vol. 1, 113 - 124 pp

ABSTRACT

Floodplain areas host unique ecosystems displaying particular habitats with high biodiversity hosting different species of fauna and flora. Under the recent human-induced influences, these vulnerable ecosystems become highly exposed to a wide range of environmental threats. Therefore, one of the leading pressures on habitats and biodiversity is related to biological invasions, wetland ecosystems proving to be among the most vulnerable environments to Invasive Terrestrial Plant Species (ITPS). One of the most aggressive ITPS in wetland areas is Amorpha fruticosa ranging first in terms of impact on local habitats and flora. In Romania, this ITPS is adapted to all types of environments, but it regularly prefers riparian habitats. The authors put forward a comparative approach of this ITPS in three major protected areas in Romania (both Natura 2000 and Ramsar sites): Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Comana Natural Park and Mureş Floodplain Natural Park. The paper will focus on assessing species’ habitat requirements, key environmental driving forces (both natural and human-induced) and relevant biological indicators.

Keywords: Amorpha fruticosa, wetlands, Invasive Terrestrial Plant Species (ITPS), Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Comana Natural Park, Mures Floodplain Natural Park.


PAPER DOI:10.5593/SGEM2013/BE5.V1/S20.016: ASSESSING INVASIVE TERRESTRIAL PLAN SPECIES AMORPHA FRUTICOSA IN THREE WETLAND AREAS IN ROMANIA: DANUBE DELTA BIOSPHERE RESERVE, COMANA NATURAL PARK AND MURES FLOODPLAIN NATURAL PARK

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